Mine Australia Magazine: Issue 2

9 May 2014 (Last Updated May 9th, 2014 03:30)

In this issue: The controversy behind the Abbot Point port expansion project, fighting coal seam fire, Iluka Resources’ investment in Metalysis’ game-changing technology, insights from AMMA and more

Mine Australia Magazine: Issue 2

Mine Australia Magazine: Issue 2 | May 2014

A spin-off of MINE Magazine, MINE Australia focuses on the Australian mining industry, bringing you all the latest news about commodities markets, exploration, new projects and technological innovation Down Under. This new bi-monthly digital magazine is available for the iPad and as a web version.

The recent approval of the Abbot Point coal port expansion has sparked new controversy with conservationists claiming the government has failed to protect the Great Barrier Reef. We take a look at the project and its environmental impact.

We also ask Iluka Resources about its investment in technology start-up Metalysis and its potentially game changing metal processing technology and speak to the founders of Kulbardi, the country's first Aboriginal-owned supply company targeting the mining sector.

Moreover, we take a look at the challenges of fighting coal seam fires such as the recent blaze at Hazelwood open-pit mine in Victoria, find out from AMMA why the new free trade agreements with South Korea and Japan should be backed up by domestic policy reform and examine mining magnate Andre Forrester's unconventional plan to trade new technology to end slavery in Pakistan.

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In this issue

Game Changer
As Iluka Resources gives a £12.2m vote of confidence to Metalysis' potentially game-changing metal processing technology, Adam Leach finds out what's next
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Kulbardi's Vision
Frances Marcellin speaks to the founder of Australia's first Aboriginal business and office supplies company to find out more about the vision behind the venture and how it is working within the mining sector
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Fighting Fire
A recent wildfire in Victoria spread to the Hazelwood open-pit coal mine, setting ablaze two disused coal faces and prompting a 45-day firefighting effort. Chris Lo looks at the visual evidence of the power and persistence of coal seam fires
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Reef Wars
Conservationists are railing against the recently approved Abbott Point coal port expansion, claiming that the government has failed to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Elly Earls investigates
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Opportunity Through Reform
New free trade agreements with South Korea and Japan represent exciting economic opportunities for Australia, but they must be met with strong domestic policy reform, writes Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) chief executive Steve Knott
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A Bold Proposal
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has offered Pakistan a new lignite processing technology in exchange for tougher laws on slavery in the country. Heidi Vella reports on the unusual deal
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Industry Project
We take a look at the Mount Webber direct shipping iron ore mine in Pilbara
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Mining plays an enormous part in the economy and culture of New South Wales, contributing more than $1.5bn to the economy and spending a whopping $12bn on goods and services. We explore current and future mining trends in the state.

We also speak to Lamboo Resources, a West Australian exploratory company and graphite producer poised to gain from the booming battery and fuel cell industry and hear the latest industry insights from the Australian Mines and Metals Association.

Moreover, we find out what a possible demerger of BHP Billiton's mining assets worth an estimated £11bn could mean for the industry and the country in general and take a look at the contentious issue of wages in the Australian mining sector.

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